Salsa Showdown: Join me for a live cooking show!

I’m proud to announce I’ll be partnering with the Kenmore Live Studio for the second time this year for a live cooking show!

Tortilla fans of Chicago, I hope you’ll join and support me in the studio on Friday, November 19 as I cook off against my friend and chef/owner of Chilam Balam, Chuy Valencia. If you’re an out-of-towner, no worries: the show will be broadcast live over the internet so you can still cheer me on! There will also be video available here on The Other Side of The Tortilla the following week.

Chuy’s restaurant is one of my favorites in Chicago, so I’m thrilled to be cooking alongside him. He’s a Rick Bayless-alum and also the youngest person ever to have been elevated to the position of sous chef at a Bayless restaurant when he was just 20 years old. Bayless recently told Chicago magazine that Chuy is destined for stardom, and I couldn’t agree more. Before starting his own restaurant, Chuy also worked as Chef de Cuisine at Adobo Grill. Check out his website for more about the concept behind Chilam Balam.


¿Roja o verde? You be the judge.

I’ll make my salsa verde, and Chef Valencia will make his salsa roja. Will I leave him green with envy? Or will he get ahead with his red? Taste and decide for yourself.

We’ll introduce you to some authentic Mexican flavors and the salsas will top chilaquiles and enchiladas. You won’t believe how easy they are to make! And as always, the audience will get to taste-test!

The Mexico Tourism Board will also be on hand to support me, share information and answer questions related to Mexican food and culture.

Dress to impress; the event will be livestreamed on Kenmore’s Facebook page on the Live Studio tab and seating is first come, first serve. Come early to reserve your spot!

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m. CST.

To reserve your FREE ticket and get details with the studio address and directions, please click the Live Studio button below:

  • I’d love if you’d leave me a message of encouragement in the comments! Let me know where you’ll be watching from!

The photo of me above at my Kenmore demo at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach in Miami is courtesy of Carol Cain, official photographer for the Blogalicious ’10 conference


  1. says

    Congratulations, Maura! I’d give anything to be there in person so I could taste your green salsa which I’m sure it’s out of this world!!

    I’ll sure be watching the livestream. I’m soooo happy is in the evening so I won’t have to miss it :)

  2. says

    WooHooo!!! Vamos, Maura! This is a real showdown!
    I don’t care what Rick Bayless has to say about Chuy, and nothing against Chuy, but the Tortilla fan base is hardcore and loud! We will be cheering on from all corners of the cyber world.

    As it is, I always go for the salsa verde myself. Go, Maura, Go!!

    • says

      Gracias Ana Lilian! You are too funny. I’m a salsa verde girl, too, so I insisted no matter what from the beginning that whoever competed against me had to make salsa roja! jaja Thankfully, Chuy was willing to partake in some friendly competition against my salsa verde! 😉 I’m excited that you’ll be watching from Los Angeles!

    • says

      Thanks, Melanie! I think it’s great what Kenmore is doing with their live studio. I’ve attended several other events there and am impressed with how they are showcasing local talent. Happy to be working with them.


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